“Recently, I lost both of my parents and it led me to reflect upon how important family truly is,” wrote Representative Lally in his resignation letter, saying that at this time he wishes to devote more time to his wife and two children and to his law practice.
“To my fellow members in the House, both past and present, as well as my constituents over all of these years, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve,” he said.
Representative Lally, who ran unopposed for the House District 33 seat last fall, was first elected in November 1989 after a special election to replace Gilbert Indeglia, who was named to the District Court bench at that time (and is now on the Supreme Court). His 25 years of service ranks second in the House in terms of seniority.
A member of the House Leadership team, he is this year serving in the role of Speaker Pro Tempore. During the previous legislative session, he was the Deputy Speaker of the House. He served as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 2006 to 2010, and still serves as a member of that committee. He is also this session a member of the House Committee on Oversight and the House Committee on Rules.
After taking leadership of the Judiciary Committee in 2006, one of his first efforts was to secure the passage of legislation strengthening the state’s breath test refusal laws, long considered a weak spot in Rhode Island’s drunken-driving prevention statutes. The legislation doubled the infractions for first-time offenders and made subsequent refusals criminal offenses.
That year his committee also won passage of a “social host” law that allowed adults to be charged criminally if they allow underage drinking in their homes. In 2008, the committee successfully refined that law to ensure that adults could be prosecuted if the underage drinking occurs anywhere on their property, not just inside the home.
An attorney at Lally Law Associates, LLC, in Narragansett, he received his law degree from the New England School of Law in 1980. He is licensed to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Court, and the courts of the State of Rhode Island. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island in 1977. He is a 1973 graduate of East Providence High School. He and his wife Sandi live in Narragansett and are the parents of two children, Jessica, a University of Rhode Island graduate currently pursuing her doctorate in audiology at the University ofConnecticut, and Connor, a freshman at URI majoring in business.
Representative Lally is the son of Donald Lally Sr. and Frances Lally, both of whom passed away within nine days of each other in December 2014 and January 2015.
Representative Lally has been involved with a number of causes and organizations including the Narragansett Bay Project, the R.I. Aqua Fund and the Narrow River Preservation Association. He is member of the Narragansett Democratic Town Committee.